Thursday, March 15, 2012

Grand Ole Opry

If you’re heading to Nashville, the one thing that you do not want to miss is a show at the Grand Ole Opry. The show began as a simple radio broadcast back in 1925 and has become a national institution, showcasing some of the best names in country music. The Opry has been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage” and every year, thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Opry Complex to see the show live. For those that can’t make it, the Opry is broadcast on Great American Country (GAC) and CMT Canada, radio (Nashville’s 650 AM WSM) and the internet (

Just two short years ago, the Opry House was nearly destroyed after the Cumberland River caused massive flooding in the Valley area of Nashville. The iconic six-foot circle of dark, oak wood cut from the stage of the Opry's famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium was under 46 inches of water and many wondered if it would be salvageable. Thankfully, the circle appeared to be in "remarkably good condition," was refurbished and returned to center stage when the Opry House reopened five months later.

We visited the Opry last April and were lucky enough to see country legend Vince Gill perform. Oftentimes, the performers aren’t announced until closer to the date, so when this planner bought the tickets in December, I had no idea what to expect. Even though we don’t know a ton about country music, Dan and I were pleasantly surprised and found the show to be really fun! The highlight for us was Little Jimmy Dickens who is still rocking sequin suits in his nineties.

Little Jimmy Dickens

Vince Gill
The Grand Ole Opry has performances every Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 pm (and 9:30 pm select Saturdays) throughout the year. There is also a Tuesday Night Opry from March through December 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm and Wednesday Night Opry from July 18 through August 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm. The show runs approximately 2-2/12 hours. Tickets can be purchased here.

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